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"Camarosmith" (Dead Teenager)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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It's no mistake that the album cover for Camarosmith's self-titled CD is a tribute to the legendary Black Sabbath. Like so many bands in the "stoner rock" genre, Sabbath's influence is apparent throughout this release.

And you've got to go to the stoner rock label for Camarosmith, with their crunching, fuzz guitars, throbbing rhythms and undeniable heaviness - but you don't feel so bad labeling these guys "stoner rock" when their songs contains lyrics featuring the words "smokin' and tokin'." But - as the band's t-shirts proudly proclaim ("Camarosmith - Heavy Metal") - Camarosmith lean more toward the Black Sabbath sound than the Fu Manchu sound. This CD is heavy, even when it edges toward punk rock territory ("S.O.S.") It runs the gamut from the classic Sabbath sound ("714") to the alternative metal of Soundgarden ("Motorgun") to the growling, powerhouse sound of Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society ("Corrupt").

Bottom line - if you're into stoner rock, you've gotta hear Camarosmith. If you're into heavy metal - you've got to hear Camarosmith. Like a sledgehammer to the chest, Camarosmith will knock you right flat on your ass - and you'll leap to your feet again instantly, hungry for another blow.

Camarosmith: Ben "Devil" Rev - vox, harmonica, rhythm guitar; Donny Paycheck - drums & middle finger; Chris Johnsen - guitars, vox; Pat "Fuckin" Brown - guitar, vox; Jeff "Sweet Potato Jackson" Matz - bass & vox.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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